“First the positives.”
Lee Cottage is in a fantastic location, situated as it is within 200m of two pubs and an easy 2 minute walk to Stokeley Barton Farm Shop with it's excellent café. The surrounding countryside is wonderful with lots of great walks. Inside the cottage the bathroom and bedroom are very good and the bed comfortable. The shower was powerful enough (though the ceiling mounted rain option was a bit feeble) and there was plenty of hot water. The garden was delightful and was in sun most of the day ...
Lee Cottage is in a fantastic location, situated as it is within 200m of two pubs and an easy 2 minute walk to Stokeley Barton Farm Shop with it's excellent café. The surrounding countryside is wonderful with lots of great walks. Inside the cottage the bathroom and bedroom are very good and the bed comfortable. The shower was powerful enough (though the ceiling mounted rain option was a bit feeble) and there was plenty of hot water. The garden was delightful and was in sun most of the day and had a lovely outlook across the village green. The garden would be improved by the provision of a couple of decent garden chairs.
Although it is in the nature of old cottages, the lounge and kitchen were rather dark and dingy. The lounge wasn't helped by the fact that one of the wall lights (the one to the right of the kitchen door) didn't work. In order to make the lounge a better environment it therefore needs to be comfortable and I'm afraid we found that the sofa in there was positively uncomfortable. It really isn't big enough for two to relax on comfortably and although there are the two other chairs these were not very comfortable either. A rug in the lounge would also make it more cosy.
The kitchen was OK, though the hotchpotch of crockery was poor. One cereal bowl was badly cracked in two places rendering it unusable and another chipped. Having a single set of matching crockery (it doesn't need to cost much) would give a far better impression. Similarly there was a mixture of cutlery and glasses which lowered the overall feeling of quality. A slotted spoon would be a useful addition to the utensils.
There were notes threatening charges if refuse wasn't dealt with correctly, but there were no plastic bags provided to recycle glass/plastics and paper, meaning we brought such things home which really shouldn't be necessary.
A welcome pack/letter on arrival would have been a nice touch, as we have previously booked Sykes holidays and these have been provided. This need not cost much, but small gestures go a long way and we felt slightly underwhelmed on arrival.
Other points that might be useful for future guests include: the rubber trim along the bottom of the shower screen and the grab handles in the bath need a good clean, as do the bedroom windows which even had cobwebs. We felt one sponge scourer and one toilet roll on arrival were rather stingy so we had to buy dish cloths with which to wipe down surfaces and keep the kitchen clean. There was also no brush to accompany the dustpan. We noted in the particulars that it recommended we take our own oven gloves but these could easily have been provided, especially as other linen and towels were provided. If the owners are concerned about cleaning these, a wipe down rubber one that could easily be sanitised could have been provided. We only noticed the clothes airer laying on top of the decorating ladder under the kingsize bed some days into our stay. Again, it would have been useful to know that this was there to dry washing and walking gear.
Now to the key safe. On arrival it took a good 10 minutes to unlock using the given combination. Not the sort of thing you want to battle with after a long journey and you just want to get into your property. We struggled to lock it again on departure as the right-hand button does not seem to pop out properly to allow you to turn the combination wheels. This really needs replacing.